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MCEDC Digest - May 7 , 2018
Program Announcements
Congratulations Graduates!
Doug Alleman: MS, Civil Engineering
Jonathan Berry: MSCVE, Civil Engineering
Katherine Chambers: MS, Civil Engineering
Anna Issa: MS, Environmental Engineering
Rachel Kennedy: MS, Architectural Engineering
Nicollette Laroco: MS, Civil Engineering
Liesbet Olaerts: MS, Civil Engineering
Eric Peterson: MS, Environmental Engineering 
Mark Schroeder: MS, Environmental Engineering
Casie Venable: MS, Civil Engineering
Sustainability Education Panel During Boulder StartupWeek
Wed. May 16, 2018 9-9:50am
Madelife, 2000 21st St. Boulder

Professor Dr. Karl Linden will be a part of an exceptional panel of educators, practitioners, startup leaders and the Chief Sustainability Officer at CU-Boulder as a part of Boulder Startup Week. One topic of their discussion will be the many options for professional positions in sustainability and how an education in sustainability prepares you for success.  Reserve your seat online. (Listed under the title: "Did you know that Boulder offers some of the best sustainability education available in the US?")

Boulder Startup Week is an independent, free, five-day event that celebrates the unique community in Colorado. It is its 9th year and this is the first time they are featuring a sustainability track
On Campus and Local Events
Potentially Relevant Defenses
Tue. May 8, 2018, 10am in  SEEC S228
Lauren Gifford,  See the forest through the trees: Market-based climate change mitigation, forest carbon offsets, and the uneven power of carbon accounting

May 21, 2018 at 10am in CIRES Fellows Rm, S274
Rebecca Page, Finding new ground for advancing hydro-climatic information use and adaptive capacity among water systems
Support Sierra Johnson, EDC Student
Fri. May 11, 2018 at 1pm
SEEL 303

Come out to support Sierra at her Master's Defense: "Removal of Natural Organic Matter from Secondary Wastewater Effluent Using Granular Activated Carbon."
Evidence Based Decision-making as a Practical Tool
May 22, 2018, 12-1:30pm at the  Posner Center

How can organizations use the data they collect to actually shape decision-making and action? It's a deceivingly simple question, yet organizations often fail to act on the data that they collect. Join IDinsight as they share several examples from work in Africa and India that demonstrate what kind of change is possible when organizations ask the right questions, collect good data, and use that to inform their work. Examples will range from readily-available data to impact evaluation and randomized control trials.
Looking for electives to take at CU?
Summer Session A
CVEN/EVEN 4834/5834 Environmental Impact Assessment
June 4 - July 6, 2018 with Paola Almeida Guerra, Visiting Associate Professor - ESPOL

This course will cover impact analysis of engineering projects considering the cause-effect relationship between project activities and the affected environmental components. International environmental laws will also be covered for context in proper judgement to evaluate environmental impacts in developing economies. The course will propose development methods for Environmental Management Plans to establish mitigation measures for environmental impacts.
Fall Semester
CVEN 5837 Humanitarian Response and Disaster Management
ENVS 6303 Transportation and Sustainable Cities
ENVS 6302 Sustainable Landscapes, Sustainable Livelihoods

GIS
GEOG/GEOL 5093 Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 5103 Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 5203 Geographic Information Science: Modeling Applications

Energy
ENST 5000 Energy Systems and Technologies
ENVS 5820/ENST 5001 Energy Policy in the 21st Century
ENVS 6301 Environmental and Energy Economics
Policy for the Environment and Science
ENVS 5000 Policy, Science and the Environment
ENVS 5100 Environmental Decision-Making
ENVS 5110 Science, Technology and Society
ENVS 5701 Policy, Politics and Management: Foundations

Geography and Political Economy
ETHN 5102 Special Topics in Africana Studies
ETHN 6103 Indigenous Thought and Theory: Foundations in NAIS
GEOG 5632 Development Geography
GEOG 5712 Political Geography
GEOG 6732 Formal Population Geography: Analysis and Forecasting
PSCI 7123 Conflict Behavior: The Politics of Violence
PSCI 7132 Comparative Political Economy

Food Systems
ENVS 5840/GEOG 5100 Global Biogeochemical Cycles
ENVS 6304 Intro to Food Systems Internationally
ENVS 6305 Food Systems Solutions? Evaluation of Food System Debates
Webinars & Online Courses
What's Missing? Adding Context to the Urban Response Toolbox
Tue. May 8, 2018, 2-3:30pm

Does the humanitarian sector require a cultural shift to recognize the value of understanding context? What does 'understanding context' mean? Put on by Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP), this webinar is a launch of their new study on urban 'context tools', featuring key findings and presentations from two organizations currently using these tools. 
Emerging Voices of Tribal Perspectives in Water Resources
Webinar Part Two: Tribes & Water Quality & Quantity
Wed. May 23, 2018, 10am

This is the second of two webinars presented by the Universities Council on Water Resources. This webinar will feature two papers on tribes and water quality and quantity from the April issue on tribal waters in the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Educations.
Gender Issues in Humanitarian Action
Conflicts and natural disasters impact women, men, girls and boys differently. As humanitarians, we need to understand these gender-specific issues properly to take well-considered decisions and avoid doing harm. This e-learning pathway includes: using a "gender lens" in humanitarian programming; and how to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence. Register for free
Job Search Help
How to talk about your soft skills
While global development is known for valuing high levels of education and technical expertise, when it comes down to actually succeeding, many HR professionals and managers say soft skills matter most. So the ability to talk about your soft skills and demonstrate how they can help you succeed in a new role could be critical to landing your dream job. +Read More on Devex
Employment Opportunities
USAID Data Services Unpaid Summer Interns
DC/Arlington area, May-Sept 2018 (flexible/extendible)
Apply by May 11 for priority consideration. Multiple placement options (Bureau for Management; Bureau for Global Health; Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment; Bureau for Food Security; Global Development Lab) For full job application details
Boston University Postdoc Positions
The Pardee Center invites applications for 3 postdocs looking to apply quantitative skills to challenges related to the interaction of human systems and the physical environment, with a focus on environmental governance, climate change adaptation or significant development challenges, such as urbanization in developing countries. For more information 
Funding Opportunities & Calls
Graduate Student Fellowships in Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements
due May 30th at 5pm

USAID/OFDA and Habitat for Humanity International offer this fellowship to support the thesis or professional report writing efforts of 2 fellows during the summer of 2018, with a focus on shelter and settlements in humanitarian settings. For more information
FSM5 Call For Abstracts
Fri. June 15, 2018 - Submission deadline
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

The 5th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM5) has issued a call for abstracts in three tracts: city case studies, industry and exhibition, and applied research. Preference will be given to abstracts that present practical and applicable results. Learn more and submit your abstract. 
Traveling for Conference Presentations?
If you are presenting EDC-relevant work at a conference, a pply on the  MCEDC Resources website  for small travel grants. On the website  you can also find links to other department, college, and campus funding opportunities.
Devex News Briefing
The importance of predeployment training for aid workers and volunteers
Using the light on his phone as a torch, James worked into the early evening to reconnect the water supply to a refugee housing unit on a long-term camp in Greece. It was well past curfew and unsafe for him to be on camp. He was not supposed to fix the plumbing for individual units in any case. But that night, none of that mattered to him; people needed his help. That is why he volunteered in the first place, after all.

James - an education training manager and student with no experience in crisis response - could have put himself and the family he wanted to help in danger, but he didn't know any better. He only had a 45-minute briefing in a hotel and a one-hour walk through the camp before he interacted with the vulnerable population. With a high turnover of volunteers, it was all the new NGO could manage. 

This story is not unique.  This can affect both volunteers' well-being and the vulnerable populations they are serving. So, how can new NGOs help to prepare their ground staff, even with limited time and resources? Devex explores stories from the ground and tips on building basic principles, creating team dynamics via video chat, and hosting post-deployment debriefs. +Read More
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